Weekend Estimates: 'The Boss' ($23.48M) & 'Batman v Superman' ($23.44M) in Tight Race for First Place; 'Hardcore Henry' ($5.10M) Arrives SoftlyApril 10, 2016 09:42 AM

by Daniel Garris

It was an extremely close race between Universal's The Boss and Warner's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for first place this weekend. The Boss is currently estimated to come out ahead with $23.48 million, but with an estimated lead of only $45,000, either film could ultimately end up in first place this weekend.

Regardless of whether or not it ends up in first place this weekend, The Boss outpaced expectations and performed well with its modest price tag in mind. The Melissa McCarthy led R-rated comedy also proved to be critic-proof this weekend. The film's opening weekend performance was 9 percent ahead of the $21.58 million opening weekend of 2014's Tammy (though it should be noted that Tammy's opening weekend take was softened by a Wednesday debut) and 19 percent below the $29.09 million debut of last year's Spy (it should be noted that The Boss had been widely expected to open below Spy). With this weekend's performance of The Boss, McCarthy continues to remain one of the more consistent box office draws in recent years. McCarthy will next appear in Sony's Ghostbusters, which arrives on July 15.

The Boss started out with $8.11 million on Friday (which included an estimated $985,000 from Thursday night shows), increased a healthy 20 percent on Saturday to take in $9.73 million and is estimated to decline 42 percent on Sunday to gross $5.64 million. That gave the film an estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio of 2.90 to 1. The Boss skewed heavily toward female moviegoers (67 percent) and slightly towards moviegoers under the age of 35 (51 percent). Audience reception to The Boss appears to be lackluster as the film received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and current has a Flixster audience score of just 50 percent. With that in mind, it's quite possible that The Boss won't hold up as well going forward as McCarthy's previous hits have. On the other hand, the film's mentioned strong Saturday hold is an early encouraging sign.

After leading the box office for the past two weeks Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell to a close second place this weekend with an estimated $23.44 million. The blockbuster 3D superhero film starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill continued to fall off sharply, as the film was down 54 percent from last weekend. Batman v Superman is now on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 17-day take of $296.69 million. However, as a result of its soft holding power thus far, Batman v Superman is now running just 1 percent ahead of the $294.51 million 17-day take of last year's Furious 7 (which fell 51 percent in its third weekend to gross $29.16 million). With that in mind, Batman v Superman will soon fall behind the pace of Furious 7, especially with Disney's highly anticipated The Jungle Book entering the marketplace this coming Friday.

While Batman v Superman continued to decline sharply this weekend, Disney's Zootopia continued to display strong holding power with an estimated third place take of $14.35 million. The blockbuster 3D computer animated film was down just 26 percent from last weekend. Without taking into account ticket price inflation, Zootopia registered the eighth largest sixth weekend gross of all-time. Zootopia is also on the verge of reaching the $300 million domestic mark with a 38-day take of $296.01 million. The film is now running just 8 percent behind the $320.39 million 38-day take of last year's Inside Out and will continue to make up ground in that comparison going forward. Zootopia already has a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 3.94 to 1.

Universal's My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 placed in fourth with an estimated $6.42 million. The PG-13 rated comedy sequel starring and written by Nia Vardalos was down 43 percent, as the film took a hit from the debut The Boss this weekend. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 continues to perform towards the higher end of expectations with a 17-day take of $46.75 million. That places the film 6 percent behind the $49.59 million 17-day gross of last year's The Intern (which fell just 26 percent in its third weekend to take in $8.68 million). My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hope to re-stabilize next weekend with the debut of The Boss behind it.

Hardcore Henry rounded out the weekend's top five with an estimated $5.10 million. The low-budget action film from STX Entertainment opened below pre-release expectations and delivered a lackluster per-location average of $1,690 from just 3,015 locations. The trailer for Hardcore Henry had gone over well, especially online, but that reception ultimately failed to get moviegoers to see the film this weekend. Hardcore Henry delivered the lowest debut for STX Entertainment to date in the distributor's young history. The film opened with $2.01 million on Friday (which included an estimated $380,000 from Thursday night shows), declined a concerning 7 percent on Saturday to gross $1.87 million and is estimated to slide 35 percent on Sunday to take in $1.22 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at a fairly front-loaded 2.54 to 1. Much like The Boss, Hardcore Henry doesn't appear to be going over all that well with moviegoers. Hardcore Henry also received a C+ rating on CinemaScore and has a respectable current Flixster audience score of 66 percent.

Faith-based films Miracles from Heaven and God's Not Dead 2 claimed sixth and seventh place with respective estimated takes of $4.80 million and $4.05 million. Sony's Miracles from Heaven was down a very solid 34 percent this weekend, while God's Not Dead 2 was down a sizable 47 percent. Miracles from Heaven passed the $50 million mark this weekend and continues to perform nicely with $53.81 million in 26 days. God's Not Dead 2 has been far less impressive with $13.84 million in ten days and clearly isn't duplicating the word of mouth or the performance of its predecessor, 2014's God's Not Dead, which grossed $21.75 million in its first ten days after falling just 4.5 percent in its second weekend to take in $8.80 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Oct. 1 2019

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Downton Abbey$2,310,23038%3,390311$681$62,328,2102Focus Features
2Abominable$1,978,67523%4,242--$466$24,199,7051Universal Pictures
3Hustlers$1,632,15358%3,508-17$465$83,216,4993STX Entertainment
4Ad Astra$1,365,25051%3,4600$395$37,664,716220th Century Fox
5Rambo: Last Blood$1,170,41257%3,6180$323$35,088,9002Lionsgate
6It Chapter Two$1,052,63224%3,611-545$292$195,668,0924Warner Bros
7Good Boys$253,09031%1,503-522$168$80,883,2207Universal Pictures
8Angel Has Fallen$212,58240%1,652-853$129$67,526,9436Lionsgate
9The Lion King$172,35010%1,691-287$102$540,408,81911Walt Disney Pictures
10Overcomer$123,18851%1,206-612$102$33,346,0936Sony Pictures
11Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw$112,21020%1,100-291$102$172,440,2959Universal Pictures

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Judy$493,13342%461--$1,070$3,758,1771Roadside Attractions / LD Entertainment
2The Peanut Butter Falcon$131,02645%935-193$140$18,331,4078Roadside Attractions
3Brittany Runs A Marathon$107,17841%917-116$117$6,533,4836Amazon Studios
4Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark$73,32220%759-173$97$66,962,9038CBS Films / Lionsgate
5Once Upon a Time In Hollywood$70,93612%415-130$171$139,179,35110Sony Pictures
6Dora and the Lost City of Gold$69,032-7%761-183$91$59,581,1868Paramount Pictures
7Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice$63,88219%24729$259$2,383,4104Greenwich Entertainment
8The Goldfinch$30,13228%442-2100$68$5,183,2963Warner Bros.
9The Angry Birds Movie 2$24,841-19%511-219$49$41,147,4537Sony Pictures
10Spider-Man: Far from Home$24,3699%394-13$62$390,200,31513Sony / Columbia
11Official Secrets$22,14510%260-217$85$1,729,8935IFC Films
12Ready or Not$19,03328%201-100$95$28,538,3086Fox Searchlight
1347 Meters Down: Uncaged$15,03453%25711$58$22,002,5157Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures
14Toy Story 4$14,116-4%243-48$58$433,061,93715Disney
15The Art of Racing in the Rain$11,66128%149-82$78$26,185,366820th Century Fox
17Blinded by the Light$5,28628%124-19$43$11,851,6227Warner Bros
18The Zoya Factor$3,16878%1000$32$126,7802FIP

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2019LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1My People, My Country$270,815--57--$4,751$270,8150CMC
5The Farewell$10,5617%75-51$141$17,507,19312A24
6Out Of Liberty$6,70764%27-7$248$200,5733Purdie Distribution
7Play the Flute$5,879--3--$1,960$161,33535
8Tod@s Caen$4,69639%60-8$78$2,664,3835Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Fighting Preacher$4,518-1%19-4$238$839,79110Purdie Distribution
11Where'd You Go, Bernadette?$3,63322%47-27$77$9,184,1417United Artists Releasing
12Menteur$3,213193%36-9$89$4,647,59612Entertainment One
13The Death of Dick Long$3,1117%30--$104$29,6401A24
15Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles$1,9208%26-23$74$512,7656Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films
16The Day Shall Come$1,761-14%30--$59$18,6731IFC Films
17The Kitchen$1,61852%46-37$35$12,176,7208Warner Bros.
18Loro$1,43767%54$287$19,9682IFC Films
19Annabelle Comes Home$1,396-29%34-29$41$74,149,59714Warner Bros.
20Before You Know It$1,23522%191$65$131,76151091
21The Sound of Silence$93031%3125$30$19,0813IFC Films
22Men in Black: International$92478%23-15$40$79,854,38016Sony / Columbia
23The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith$63210%4-4$158$1,802,19614ArtAffects Entertainment
24Série noire$625308%1--$625$2,8661Rialto Pictures
25End of the Century$506-18%4--$127$34,1827
26The Death and Life of John F. Donovan$39657%2-3$198$148,6016Entertainment One
27Desolation Center$39027%2-3$195$17,0213Matson Films
28Chasing Einstein$33015%30$110$23,5353Atlas Distribution
29Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles$225-3%32$75$34,0487GKIDS
30A Brother's Love$19582%115$18$532,87117Entertainment One
31Echo In the Canyon$105262%4-3$26$3,347,50719Greenwich Entertainment